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Even Australia’s relatively short paid parental leave scheme benefits women’s health. But will proposed changes undermine that? from www.shutterstock.com

Removal of ‘double dipping’ from parental leave may impact mothers’ health

Australian government proposals to ban so-called “double dipping” with paid parental leave (PPL) risks scaling back health benefits for women who take time off to care for their babies.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies. shutterstock

Leave for surrogate parents in South Africa: no time for baby steps

South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
Getting the right balance between short- and medium-term ‘fixes’ may well be the most significant challenge for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Shaping 2015: Social services need more than short-term fixes

Scott Morrison’s appointment as minister for social services in late December 2014 has been seen as an important step for the Abbott government as it moves towards its second budget. The tasks he faces…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been dealt another bad poll result on the day of his National Press Club speech. AAP/Lukas Coch

Abbott ditches signature policy as his disapproval soars

Tony Abbott will finally and reluctantly declare his dream of a “bigger, better” paid parental leave (PPL) scheme is “off…
To bolster women’s employment participation as Tony Abbott so desires, better funding for child care would be a good way to go. AAP/Alan Porritt

Abbott should dump, not ‘refine’, his paid parental leave scheme

Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed over the weekend that he will use the parliamentary summer break to review his paid parental leave (PPL) scheme, which has so far proven to be a large political liability…
Nordic nations enjoy regulated working hours, substantial welfare provision and strong economies. www.shutterstock.com

We can learn a lot about public policy from the Nordic nations

At the end of this month Australia’s Productivity Commission will issue the final report of its inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care. The inquiry was limited from the outset by the requirement…
The Productivity Commission report reflect the limits set by Tony Abbott when he announced terms of reference focused on economic benefit. AAP/Alan Porritt

PC logic: let the market solve childcare market failure

The Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning shows the serious limitations of market economics for analysing social policy. The report’s 900-plus pages offer a collection…
Taxes - and what we actually should use them for - are routinely ignored. www.shutterstock.com

Tax still the elephant in the (budget) room

Joe Hockey’s first budget does not contain much tax reform, in spite of headlines on the “temporary budget repair levy”. It does contain some very big cuts to spending in the short and longer term - consistent…
Very few are questioning how many children Australians actually want to have and whether we are achieving our childbearing goals. AAP/Alan Porritt

Family size intentions: the missing piece of Australia’s fertility jigsaw

With Australia experiencing declining fertility rates over the past four decades, governmental concern has increased over the consequences of the falling birth rate and how the trend might be reversed…

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